The Shallows, which had already gained attention even before its release, raised questions about whether it would become the new “Jaws” as soon as it hit the screens. Whether it will or not remains uncertain, but one thing is clear: it is undoubtedly a successful film and a definite contender for the title of the 2016 model Jaws. The film is directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, known for his successful films like Orphan, House of Wax, and Non-Stop. The lead role is most likely portrayed by Blake Lively, whom we may only recognize from Gossip Girl. Blake Lively delivers a remarkable performance, setting aside any disadvantages from her filmography. In the end, The Shallows emerges as one of the most beautiful films of 2016.
Nancy is in search of a hidden beach in Brazil where her mother surfed years ago. The name of the beach remains a secret. With the help of someone, Nancy discovers the beach and even meets others who have found it, but her love for surfing will not end well. Nancy notices a stranded whale carcass in the open waters and approaches it. As she gets closer, she unknowingly enters the hunting grounds of a giant shark. Unable to escape to the shore, Nancy throws herself onto a rock and finds herself stranded in a sea far away from the coast, where a massive shark roams. To make matters worse, the tides periodically recede, causing the rocks to disappear.
Blake Lively is not an actress I follow closely, but she has proven her talent when acting in a serious film. She delivers a successful performance, even though there are three main characters in the film: Blake Lively, the Shark, and the Seagull. The film is successful both in terms of its concept and screenplay. However, the first 20 minutes of the calm section were a bit dull for me. It would have been better if they could have rushed through that part a little faster and gotten to the main point sooner. After the 20-minute calm period, a gripping suspense begins. Of course, it cannot be compared to Jaws, but it is impossible not to feel the tension and anxiety. Nancy’s struggle against the shark is worth watching. Moreover, the film establishes its own logical universe, which is something I highly value in a movie.
The director’s choice of camera angles also contributes to the film’s success. It combines good cinematography, quality acting, an exciting screenplay, and well-selected music. The suspense and jump-scare moments are perfectly placed. The most problematic aspect of the film is the inclusion of elements of melodrama, such as the ending. However, we can overlook them because the film is a complete cinematic experience. In summary… If you want to watch a good film in the cinema and enjoy suspense, then The Shallows is perfect for you.
Cast & Crew
director: Jaume Collet-Serra
writers: Anthony Jaswinski
starring: Blake Lively
USA | 2016 | 86 MINUTES |